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Sorry, the HD25e is the new version of the HD25 from Optoma. Search for the HD25 and you will find lots of reviews and info out there on it. There is a big debate as to which one between the HD25 and the W1070 and which one is better. Personally, I owned the W1070 for a short while and returned it because the shadow detail on it made for a muddy image that I couldn't live with. Others have different sensitivity to this than I do and therefore rave about the W1070. And I can totally see it, but again, we all have different preferences. Reviews say that the HD25 had better shadow detail than the W1070; there is even a video on Youtube. For me, this is important because an image must appear to have depth. Also, the W1070 was loud and the connectivity issues just bugged the hell out of me. Sometimes I could not get the HDMI handshakes to authenticate to save my life.
The HD25e is a tweaked revision of the HD25 which I believe is being end-of-life'd by Optoma. Looks to have the same engine but a new bulb allowing for lower power consumption and higher lumens. If the HD25e is basically an improved brighter version of the HD25e, then I would go with the HD25e at $1000 over the W1070. That is of course that you first make sure your buddy isn't sensitive to the Rainbow Effect and the throw distance of the HD25e works for his room dimensions. Do your research on this to be sure.
HTPC: Intel NUC (DC53427HYE) running OpenELEC/Win7 Dual Boot
Projector: Optoma HD131Xe
Receiver: Onkyo TX-NR809
Screen: Elite Spectrum Electric 125"
Media Server: NAS4Free Core 2 Quad 2.40GHz